If you’re planning on breastfeeding your baby after returning to work, then you might need a breast pump that is designed perfectly for the task. Although there are many breast pump brands and types on the market, not all of them are actually helpful for working moms. And, it would take time to research every single one to find out which one is perfect for you. Well, fear not as we’ve done the hard part for you! Read on to make your choice easier with our top 5 best breast pumps for working moms.
Medela Pump In Style Advanced
This breast pump is a game-changer for working moms or anyone who pumps on a regular basis. What makes the Medela Pump In Style Advanced so unique is the conveniently built motor into a discreet bag, ready for you to carry anywhere!
Although it’s a double electric pump, you still have the option to pump one at a time if needed. On top of that, it has two-phase pumping technology that simulates how babies nurse.
This breast pump is really easy to use with only 2 options on the pump suction control. Plus, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced also comes with a power cord and a battery pack, which help you pump virtually anywhere. Just don’t forget to keep the batteries in your bag!
Unfortunately, compared to some of the other pumps, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced is quite noisy. So, it gets a little loud when you switch on higher settings.
Overall, this pump is highly rated by many working moms. What really earns a position on our list is the unique design, making it so simple to set up and pack in no time. Plus, after packing everything for pumping at work, you still have some space for your essentials. And last but not least, Medela is such a big brand, so you can find it pretty much anywhere, which is convenient if you ever need spare parts.
Spectra S1 Hospital Strength Breast Pump
The Spectra brand is quickly gaining a reputation for creating breast pumps that are not only medical-grade functionality but also affordable.
The Spectra S1’sdesign builds in a very convenient handle shape for portability. Moreover, it has a closed system that keeps tubing clean by preventing air bubbles between expressed milk. Therefore, your milk is safe from the risk of being exposed to bacteria and mold in the environment. In addition, the Spectra S1 also has a digital display and light, so you can set the speed and rhythm easily. Plus, the system can remember your setting in your latest pump.
Unlike other noisy pumps, which can be quite distracting at the workplace, the Spectra S1 works quietly. Actually, it is one of the quietest pumps on the market. On top of that, the customer service is great and we just can’t ignore the wonderful qualities of this pump. It really hits the mark on so many different levels, such as being efficient, portable, and easy to use.
Medela Freestyle Flex
Like the Medela Pump in Style Advanced, Medela Freestyle Flex is also a double-electric pump designed to mimic your baby’s natural breastfeeding pattern. However, size is the difference between these two. The Medela Freestyle Flex weighs less than 1 pound, which makes it one of the smallest and lightest breast pumps on the market. So, if you have to carry it often, whether it’s around the house, on the road or at the office, the Medela Freestyle Flex is a good option.
The pump comes with both Bluetooth (for the Medela app) as well as a USB charging cable. With only 4 buttons the Medela Freestyle Flex is very easy to use. On top of that, it has a back-lit digital display that shows information like suction level, which remembers your favorite level, and a timer.
And if you regularly fly, you’ll appreciate that it comes with rechargeable 3-hour battery life, a tote bag, and a mini cooler. Also, depending on your needs, you can easily change between using the Medela Freestyle Flex as a double or single pump. It’s also easy to clean by hand and in the dishwasher.
The Medela Freestyle Flex is a high-quality product that gets the job done efficiently. While the price point of the Freestyle is on the higher end, it is worth the price. The Medela Freestyle Flex can offer everything a working mom could possibly need to pump and safely store milk.
Lansinoh Signature Pro
The Lansinoh Signature Pro offers moms a budget-friendly and effective option when looking to invest in a double electric breast pump to use in combination with breastfeeding. You can use this breast pump as your primary pump or as a backup so you don’t have to lug one to the office every day. The super slim and quiet design offers 3 pumping styles, mimicking your baby’s feeding patterns. It also possesses 8 suction levels, so you can find the setting that’s most productive for you. Lansinoh Signature Pro weighs just 2.3 pounds, making it so convenient to pack.
Also, because it’s a closed system, there’s less risk of bacteria and mold growth. Not to mention there are fewer parts to clean and easy to assemble. After a few tests with different levels, we see that this breast pump ran smoothly and didn’t get noisy in the strongest suction level. However, the Lansinoh Signature Pro is only compatible with Lansinoh’s bottles and storage bags.
Since it’s so easy to use and has customizable pumping settings, all at a budget-friendly price, we think this pump is a good option for moms who need an efficient pump to use in combination with breastfeeding.
Willow Pump Generation 3
This is a high-tech breast pump that is completely mobile. You don’t need to plug anything except putting it in your bra and start the pumping process. The in-bra design allows you to pump pretty much anywhere, including in the office. And, the hands-free operations allow you to carry on other tasks whilst expressing.
Each of the pumps has a separate built-in rechargeable battery and a charging port towards the bottom. The batteries take around 2 hours to charge fully. And, there’s a color-coded battery level indicator on the on/off switch. When it’s fully charged, the Willow Pump Generation 3 can last up to 5 pumping sessions. This is enough power to take you throughout the day (assuming that you pump every 3-4 hours). While not many electric pumps just offer different flange sizes, the Willow’s flange is available in sizes 21mm, 24mm, or 27mm. Which means you can get a comfortable fit and prevent sore nipples and any frustrations.
Willow 3.0 now has a reusable container. And, the design of this container allows you to transfer the milk into a storage bottle and reuse it after cleaning. Also, they are dishwasher safe, BPA-free and it can hold up to 4 oz of milk. Plus, the Willow Gen 3 app offers real-time data on your pumping progress, including the amount of milk pumped, current phase, and suction level. So, if your budget allows, the Willow Pump Generation 3 is a perfect choice for working moms.
Our Pump of Choice for Working Moms?
Of course, you should be happy with any of these pumps. All 5 are on this list, simply because they really are the best breast pumps for working moms! We personally feel that the Lansinoh Pro is the best pump, it has the best feedback of all other pumps too! However, the willow pump comes in at a close second, it really depends on what your work environment is like. We’d also love to hear your opinions on these pumps too, please let us know in the comments!